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Fourth Quarter 2017 - October November December

We strive to create quality, original retro gaming content with ties to our favorite games of yesteryear as well as modern gaming. Retro gaming is as vibrant as ever and nostalgia is at epic levels! Take a look at the retro gaming oddities we've jumped on in 2017!

October 2017 Retro Gaming Articles:

October 15, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

My least favorite arcade machine is the first one I rush to every time I visit

In a digital world of swipe-cards for arcade play, the bastion of arcade currency, the Change Machine, will always be fondly remembered.
Sometimes it "stole" my dollar bill. Other times it flat-out rejected it. Either way, the change machine has long been a necessary part of playing games at the arcade. Back in the day, nearly every arcade game ran on quarters or a variant of the 25¢ denomination. Few machines could command an entire dollar and they lacked the mechanism for accepting bills. Later, many arcades shifted from quarters to tokens in an effort to make employee theft less desirable.

I was in awe the first time I saw a guy slide a Twenty into an arcade change machine!
I usually brought a fistful of dollars when we hit up arcades in the 80s. Occasionally I'd drop a five-dollar bill, but there was a certain status based on the bill you dropped into the change machine. When I was a kid, I saw a twenty go in and I was astounded at all the tokens that spilled forth. These days, my son and I will often drop a ten, but - even to this day - it's rare we change a twenty. Yeah, today... we have swipe cards.

I'll admit, I rarely carry cash, so those swipe cards can be convenient - especially when they work at multiple locations. However, there's something satisfying about hearing coins dropping in an arcade game. That tactile feel and seeing the attract mode change to a start-up screen is very satisfying.

I still find plenty of coin-based games and their nearby change machines. I do see the day coming when even an old-school cabinet will be modified with a net-connected swipe mech. When I see that on my favorite Donkey Kong cabinet... well, it will be the end of yet another era. Happiness is having a pocket full or arcade tokens!

the bastion of arcade currency, the Change Machine
October 15, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Regional soda brand, Faygo, presents it's past as a clue to a Mario easter egg

Mario with Faygo Soda
In it's truest form, the internet preferred debating the reach of Faygo's distribution network gased on local availability. Mario who?
Mario with Faygo Soda The Faygo Instagram account recently (Oct. 3) posted the notion that a "Faygo" easter egg has gone undiscovered in an undisclosed Nintendo game. Some gave thought to the 90s ad campaign to speculate which title might contain such a challenge. Others chose to bicker about the breadth of Faygo's market penetration. Spoiler alert: more US mid-western residents have seen the brand.

Adding my two cents as an east coast dweller - I've never heard of or seen the Faygo soda brand. With that out of the way, Faygo's Instagram account recently posted a puzzling post about an undiscovered easter egg in an undisclosed Mario game

"What would you say if we told you there was a Faygo Easter egg in the game that no one has found to this day?"
With no mention of the specific game's title, we know Fago licensed "Mario" for advertising in the '90s to tie in with the Super Mario Bros. movie. The image posted to instagram was dated to 1993. Speculation began swirling around 1993's Super Mario All-Stars on the SNES as the most likely title of that timeframe that may contain the aforementioned easter egg.

In the weeks following Faygo dropping this mystery on October 3rd, the story has disappeared from the headlines and I've seen no subsequent clues from Faygo. Perhaps it was a publicity stunt by the brand. It's not like gamers to let such a challenge come and go with no resolution.

I'm a bit surprised there's been little talk of this easter egg. It would be cool if someone confirmed some sort of obscure soda reference in a Nintendo game. Anyone? Bueller?
October 14, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Mall-kiosk entertainment company VR•ology set up their VR experience at my local mall

VRology set up at a mall
Passersby looked with curiosity hoping a willing participant would climb into this mall-installed VR egg ride.
VR•ology seems to be a startup offering VR experiences while you're at the mall. They offer a seated experience in their 9Dfx Virtual Reality Motion Seat Ride Kiosks. The "ride" appears to offer both the traditional VR headset experience along with some motion built in to the pod you sit in.

Nestled in the mall hallway between GameStop and the arcade was this new attraction. I saw a blue aura emanating from this new installation. Next to a fidget spinner kiosk and another with racks of sunglasses was VR•ology. I had to stop and see what this was all about.

The guy running the show gave me a quick run down on what you can expect for $10 per session. Having shoved my phone into Google Cardboard, the rep wasn't able to convince me to part with ten bucks. I did hang for a few minutes hoping to see how consumers reacted to this VR experience. No takers, but I'm eager to return and get a better sense of what it offers.

VRology set up at a mall VR•ology 9Dfx Virtual Reality Motion Seat Ride Kiosks.
VRology set up at a mall These VR experience kiosks are currently appearing in New England malls.

October 13, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Cosplayer Joanie Brosas as Jason Voorhees for Friday the 13th

This "Nerd Girl Next Door" got her start in modeling at a Star Trek convention in 2010!
Cosplayer Joanie Brosas as Jason
October 9, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Super Souse is an upcoming non-linear action platformer with a co-op mode

Super Souse video game
Modeled after platformers like Contra, Mega Man, and Castlevania, this looks like a really cool game.
As I watched the promo video, I was convinced Super Souse, by Jeremiah Stilts, was going to be an awesome new NES title. I was excited to discover it's pixel graphics and platformer styling is a modern game destined for Windows and perhaps a few high-end game consoles!

Super Souse video game This slick fast action platformer is coming to Windows via Kickstarter with potential for other platforms and game consoles. I'd love to see it on Switch and PS4! I'd still play the Hell outta it on an NES if the opportunity presented itself.

There are tough areas, challenging bosses, and unique stages. You'll also find a few shoot em up stages and plenty of secret rewards and areas to discover! I'm most excited about the 2-player co-op mode. I adore that dynamic in Contra.

Check out the Super Souse Kickstarter campaign for more details about the game and the backer tiers.

Super Souse video game As with any crowd funded game, one should approach with caution. The campaign page offers a lot of screen shots, animations and the game-play video looks great!

The delivery date is Oct. 2018 - one year from now. This makes me wonder how far along the game is. Additional platforms are not mentioned as stretch goals, so they could be delayed past the Oct. 2018 date.

I love the look and the game-play he's shown and the idea of co-op mode adds a great dimension to it. Check out the Kickstarter page and see if this is your kind of game.
October 9, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Retro City Rampage DX went on sale today as a physical release for Nintendo Switch

Retro City Rampage is a great game that's been ported to many different platforms and now come to the Switch!
I was excited to order a copy of Retro City Rampage for my Switch today. It is a parody of retro games and '80s & '90s pop culture, created by Vblank Entertainment. I love it's pixel style and it comes with retro reversible cover art. Can't wait so see it on the Switch!

Retro City Rampage DX for Nintendo Switch
October 9, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Despite not keeping up with any of the Kardashians, I do admire Kendall Jenner's taste in cars

Kendall seems to have an affinity for classic muscle cars.
"Some people get addicted to tattoos, I'm addicted to cars," Jenner told CNN Style. Jenner became interested in motors from an early age, starting with dirt bikes and four-wheelers before graduating to cars. I'm sure she has an array of Ferraris, but you have to like a supermodel who digs muscle cars!

Kendall's 1957 Corvette Stingray Corvette Stingray convertible from 1957. Kendall's 1957 Corvette Stingray
Kendall's Camaro GTO Custom 1969 Camaro GTO, a classic muscle car. Apparently her father taught her to drive a stick shift. Kendall's Camaro GTO

October 8, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

I love this small Pac-Man detail on this arcade PCB

The Pac-Man and ghost embellishment to this PCB puts a lot of love in an unsuspecting place.
small Pac-Man detail on this arcade PCB
October 8, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

This is how you close out the drive-in movie season: a Goonies and Sandlot double feature!

When winter looms, signaling the close to the drive-in movie season, give folks something to remember for the next season!
Two great movies hit the marquee for the season-ending films at my local drive-in. The Goonies and Sandlot are great summer films to send the season off with a bang! Can't go wrong with Mouth, Chunk, and Wendy Peffercorn!

Closing out the drive-in movie season
October 7, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Sure, I'll watch Bella Thorne as a cheerleader in Netflix's horror/comedy The Babysitter

I'm not a big fan of horror films, but I'm all over a good dark comedy!
When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot babysitter is part of a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet. Coming October 13th on Netflix.

Bella Thorne in Netflix's The Babysitter
October 7, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

McDonald's tried capitalizing on Rick & Morty's Szechuan Sauce episode, but delivered disappointment

McDonald's Szechuan Sauce
This was a great scenario for McDonald's to shine! Fans came out in droves, but McDonalds under-delivered on every aspect.
Leave it to a hip TV show (Rick and Morty) to rile the internet into craving a 20-year-old dipping sauce from McDonalds. Essentially, that's what happened. Back in 1998, Szechuan Sauce was briefly offered as a tie-in to Disney's Mulan movie with McDonald's Happy Meal.

The Buttermilk Crispy Tenders website gave all the details from date and time to which locations featured the sauce and promotional stuff. I was bummed that none of my local restaurants were offering the sauce, but that's cool. I understand it was a very limited thing. However, one of my local McDonald's was offering promotional posters with a chicken order. Cool!

When I arrived there was a big line. Fans had paid attention and showed up in force! That's a win for McDonalds... or so it seemed. After waiting on line for a few minutes folks came out with chicken and posters, only to disclose the restaurant was already out of posters! What! How many did they have?

They had ten posters. Ten. Only ten.

About half of those who'd eagerly lined up, left. One guy said he was gong to Wendys. People were annoyed. I left and went to Five Guys. All McDonald's had to do was hand out posters to promote some new chicken item on the menu. It seems they chose to under-deliver on the promotion, perhaps assuming once folks were there, they'd buy a meal regardless of the promotion. That was incorrect. Many left the restaurant angry.

This was such an easy opportunity for McDonalds to align with something cool and come out winners. Instead, they went the cheap-route and seemingly lured people who hoped for a poster. I wanted one. Seemed like a cool opportunity. From what I've read, they under-delivered to many locations. Few people seemed happy about this event.

McDonald's Szechuan Sauce
October 6, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Atari ST and the Creative People Vol. 2 further explores the demoscene's powerful influence

The Atari ST and the Creative People Vol. 2 Beyond the Borders
This expanding series brings the creativity of Atari computer users to light, showing the epic creations that pushed hardware limits.
Last year we wrote an article about the first volume of Marco Breddin's expanding series of books about the 16-bit demoscene. It includes the creators, their hardware, and the epic creations evolving from this period. "Breakin' the Borders" explored the transition from home coders creating and sharing digital art to becoming professionals of the trade. Their perseverance accelerated the digital medium bringing them into higher creative roles.

Interviews and articles bring the demoscene to life!
His upcoming second volume, Atari ST and the Creative People vol. 2: Beyond the Borders, covers the fast-paced rise and fall of a creative era: The golden years of pixel art. Currently in the midst of a crowd-funding campaign, Breddin's next volume looks to be another successful campaign. This would indicate his evolving book series will march forward!

Check out his Beyond the Borders Kickstarter page to see the type of stories, interviews, and content you'll find in this upcoming book.

For more info about this series, you can also check out Marco Breddin's website. Most importantly, this current Kickstarter demonstrates his ongoing efforts. This isn't a one-and-done story. It's breadth is wide and Breddin is doing a wonderful job in showcasing it's stages across this series. I'll point out there are many more stages to this history. I speculate we will be treated to several more tomes full of stories, history, and passion!

The Atari ST and the Creative People Vol. 2 Beyond the Borders
October 5, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Rick And Morty's quest prompted McDonald's to bring back their 1998 Szechuan Sauce

McDonald's Buttermilk Crispy Tenders with Szechuan Sauce
For one day only, McDonald's is bringing back their Szechuan Sauce, from 1998, at select locations! Get Obsauced!
If you haven't watched Rick ANd Morty on Adult Swim, go now and watch it. It's that good! Breaking viewing records like crazy, the third season opener was broadcast and streamed, with much disbelief, on April Fool's Day. 11 million viewers watched/streamed that premier. Part of the story line revolved around McDonald's Szechuan Sauce - believe it or not.

Szechuan Sauce posters at McDonalds You may not remember McDonald's Szechuan Sauce - it was part of a movie tie-in with the Disney film Mulan, in 1998. The sauce was briefly included in kids' McNuggets Happy Meals and that was that. It ended.

"I'm driven by finding that McNugget sauce."
Leave it to Rick And Morty to stir up the internet and get this discarded sauce back on the radar. McDonalds heard the cries and agreed to bring back the Szechuan Sauce for a limited time, one day only, at limited locations. Get ready for October 7th!

McDonalds is only bringing their delicious Szechuan Sauce back for one day, but they're doing it right. The Sauce will be very limited, but some locations will also have promo posters for the day. Go to Buttermilk Crispy Tenders for details about participating McDonalds restaurants.

Head to McDonalds for their new chicken item and see if you can snag a limited edition "Sauce Poster" shown on the site. Read the fine print for any changes, these offers are time specific. Best of luck and we hope your local McDonalds is offering Szechuan Sauce!

Szechuan Sauce Rick and Morty

October 7 update:
So, the event was woefully inadequate. McDonald's had very few posters at most locations. Only 10 at my local restaurant, that ran out in minutes.
October 4, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Cindy Morgan stared in Tron, voiced Ma3a in Tron 2.0, and rocks the Tron arcade game

Cindy Morgan stared in Tron as Yori
After portraying Yori in 1982's Tron film, Cindy Morgan went on with other ties to the Tron franchise.
I saw this pic of Cindy Morgan in front of a Tron arcade cabinet and smiled. She played Yori in the original Tron film. With a strong tie-in to video games, it's fun to see movie stars pictured with actual arcade games. Maybe it's just a quirk of mine, but I dig it. I found a similar pic of Olivia Wilde (Quorra in 2010's Tron Legacy) with a Tron game.

Cindy Morgan stared in Tron as Yori Morgan also voiced the character, Ma3a, from the Tron 2.0 PC game. Tron 2.0 is an FPS (shooter) game from Monolith Productions. The Windows version was released by Buena Vista Games on August 26, 2003 and the Mac OS X version from MacPlay followed on April 21, 2004.

I'm not much of a PC-gamer, but I love that original cast members took on other roles in the Tron franchise.

Cindy Morgan voiced Ma3a in Tron 2.0 Cindy Morgan stared in Tron as Yori Some of you may remember Cindy Morgan from her role in the 1980's film Caddyshack, as Lacey Underall.
October 2, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Nintendo World Championships 2017, in NYC, will be live streamed on Oct. 7

Nintendo World Championship 2017
In NYC? Attend the event by getting your free wristband starting at 9am at The Manhattan Center.
Hosts Andrea Rene and Jordan Kent will be at The Nintendo World Championships 2017 on October 7th. Admission is free via wristbands doled out at the venue starting at 9am on the day of the event.

The competition itself is never straight forward - there's always a quirky twist. Thus, featured hardware and software will be revealed during the event. One might assume it would be on Nintendo's latest achievement, the Switch, with one of it's primary games. It will more likely be a random level of a Gameboy Advance game :)

OK, Nintendo did announce that Metroid Samus Returns will be part of the competition. Tune in for all the details.

You can follow the action on Twitter or watch the live stream at 5PM EST on October 7th.
October 1, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

CupHead is a game that makes me wish I owned an Xbox One

Cuphead is a wonderful hand-drawn co-op game exclusively for Xbox One and Windows PC.
Everything I've read and seen of Cuphead makes it sound amazing. Really amazing. Both challenging and unique. Frustrating, but fun. I love games like this. The only drawback (for me) is it's a Microsoft exclusive with little chance of appearing on other consoles. This one is Xbox-only.

If you're an xBox fan, check out Cuphead, a cool hand-drawn co-op game. If you own a non-Microsoft device, Cuphead will likely not be ported to others.


From the official Cuphead website:
Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.

Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay your debt back to the devil!